Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls sells 2.7m in one week--that's about a fifth of all D3 owners

New Diablo III expansion reaps a bunch of sales on Mac and PC.

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Diablo III expansion Reaper of Souls shifted 2.7 million units in its first week on sale, Blizzard has announced.

The expansion went on sale just over a week ago, March 25, on PC and Mac, and Blizzard has counted both physical and digital sales.

Blizzard also adds that Act V's final boss has been taken down over 1.5 million times (I'm responsible for at least 5 of those, by the way), and that the game saw 2.4 million views on video streaming site Twitch in its first day on sale.

Diablo III itself has racked up over 15 million sales since its launch in 2012, with that figure including the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions alongside the Mac and PC. That means roughly a fifth of all Diablo III owners have purchased Reaper of Souls, and the expansion will make its way to consoles later this year.

"With Reaper of Souls, we wanted to emphasize all the things that Diablo gamers have always loved about the series, from the dark gothic setting to the piles and piles of epic loot," said Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime.

"We're excited to see that players are enjoying the changes we've made to the game, and we look forward to achieving our Paragon levels alongside everyone else in the weeks and months ahead."

Reaper of Souls introduces a new act, a new character class, and a new adventure mode into Diablo III, as well as its new loot and difficulty settings which have been rolled back into the main game.

GameSpot spoke to Diablo III lead producer Alex Mayberry last week about the development of Reaper of Souls.

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Discussion

62 comments
amanda_kramer
amanda_kramer

2.7 million or 1/5th of your original customers isn't something to brag about.  Terrible retention rate and a clear reflection just how bad the original D3 was.


Something to think about.. exactly how many of those 2.7 million do you think are bots?

Karchy
Karchy

Blizzard f***ed me with D3 in May 2012. Nothing can change that

shinjuki
shinjuki

Waiting for the GoTY edition on X1

Dav_id83
Dav_id83

I will get this when it goes down it price I bought D3 at launch played about a month and quit that was 2 maybe 3 years ago never played it since and only ever got to act with my Wizard, this might be what I am looking for to actually play it again I really do wish they had a Sorceress again in it would loved to have seen her in this games graphics and a updated version of Thunderstorm, Hydra and Frozen Orb

jack00
jack00

This is what we should of got from the get go. Diablo 3 was a mess on just about every facets when it launched.

Hellbishop
Hellbishop

Praise DIABLO!!! This is glorious in its righteous online play! Oh how the neon dungeon blue calms the spirit as many a fiend crumbles at the players might!

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

Blizz redeemed themselves with this expac. It is very good. Anyone on the fence that has 40 bucks to spare should go buy it. You won't regret it.

Ninbri64
Ninbri64

I haven't played D3 since maybe a few months after launch. I keep reading it's change so much and is so much better. did they change any of the lame story and plot? or is it all gameplay/content that has been updated?

Spartan-1657
Spartan-1657

Overwhelmingly impressed with how much this game has changed in a great way. Every single thing about this game is amazing. Adventure mode = brilliant!

Said it before and I will say it again... If D3 released like this originally, it would have been insanely positively received. 

I have never seen an expansion improve a game so much.

atopp399
atopp399

If a PC gamer hasn't bought the expansion by now do they ever plan to? 

TacoTuesdays
TacoTuesdays

they seemed to forget that the game is on xbox and ps3 so a portion of its total cannot have the expansion.

Cloud_imperium
Cloud_imperium

Very impressive sales , specially when you consider price tag and all those disappointed Diablo 2 fans . It could've been even better if Blizzard had cared about true fans more than new comers/casual players .

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

At least they managed to salvage the franchise. If they left d3 as is, the entire IP would have been dead right there.

carolino
carolino

my story


d2 = best game ever ( online mode) (along with FFX)


D3 = Good game minus the action house ,loot system, no clans , not really dark etc etc...6/10 . Made 100€ in the ah tho


D3 2.0 = "where were you all this time ???"  7.5/10


D3 ros = Almost a brand new game ..solid 8.5


i never saw a game change so mush in 20 years + of gaming



tommynj
tommynj

Give credit where credit is due. They rolled out a good expansion. I'm enjoying it myself.

ERRMAHGERD
ERRMAHGERD

2.7? 

2.7 = 3.0 = 3

Half Life 3 confirmed

Talavaj
Talavaj

Not sure what is more disturbing, the fact that about a fifth of all D3 owners still want to play the game or the fact that so many people bought the original game to begin with.

AssaultMonkey9
AssaultMonkey9

Pretty amazing that such a high percentage of diablo 3 owners are in that hardcore fanbase that would buy an expansion in the first week

wexorian
wexorian

As hardcore fan of whole franchise i'm not going to waste money for 1 hour experience and "new" class, but there are 2.7 million Blindcore fan who buy it anyway .............. 

SnuffDaddyNZ
SnuffDaddyNZ

@amanda_kramer  


Um.. couple of corrections here:


Diablo II sold 4.2 Million (after 12 years) and Lord of Destruction sold 2.5 Million (also after 12 years).


In terms of "original customers", (Lord of Destruction owners)that's amazing - they retained 100 percent and added about 8 percent on top of that - IN ONE WEEK!


That IS something to brag about!!!

ThatAngryMan
ThatAngryMan

@shinjuki  They probably still have one or 2 more expansions, and I dont think blizzard has done these before, bundling game with expansion together.....

smokeless_0225
smokeless_0225

@Ninbri64  

The story is pretty much the same. There wasn't too much wrong with it originally imo. Although I would've liked to battle Diablo's two brothers again (for old times sake, lol).

The changes mainly come as an effort to change D3's original title of a "pay-to-win" game. Before the update, any mode past Normal was extremely hard but Blizzard had their RMAH to attempt to help this. This made soooo many people ticked off. It was also VERY difficult to find legendary items on your own. When these items were found, they were sent to the AH for someone to make money off of.

Now, however, the difficulty leveling has changed so that no matter where you are, monsters scale to match your level. You can still crank them up a bit similar to the MP system from the previous version. There is no RMAH and they are in the process of doing away with the AH completely since most items are account bound. While that sounds lame, I have yet to explain the new Loot 2.0. This is where the game really shines now. Instead of mobs dropping a TON of loot that 99% of never gets picked up, mobs do not drop much loot but about half the loot they do drop is a "smart drop" and specifically fits your class. Also the chance of dropping rare and legendary items are much higher however, once picked up, these items are bound to your account.

To put it this way, I rage quit with characters that were struggling to complete levels in the prior version of "nightmare". When I logged back on after the update, I immediately found drops that were replacing my gear and I wasn't having near as much trouble leveling my character. I can also level my character in Adventure mode if I'm getting tired of running through the story over and over again. But you can't do Adventure mode unless you buy the expansion.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

@atopp399 I know when it comes out on PS4 I will buy it...for a third time sighhh (once on PC that went dude and then my 360 that I traed up for a PS4 that won't let me retrieve my maxed out demon huntress =(


Printul_Noptii
Printul_Noptii

@atopp399  maybe if it gets cheaper and I am uber bored but with so many great games and having in mind that Path of Exile is free to play on steam, nope I am not into D3 so much anymore

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Cloud_imperium Yeah, but the casual players outnumber us old fans, so in a business perspective they've done the right thing. At least that's what they'll tell themselves and everyone else, given how much the game has sold. Reaper of Souls might not be to Diablo 3 what Lord of Destruction was to Diablo 2, but it seems like a big step in the right direction.

martingaston
martingaston moderator

@tommynj  Me too! I'm having a great time playing through and doing bounties and rifts. 

dkeeney4093
dkeeney4093

Dude your ignorant, all that needs to be said, you obviously haven't play the expansion

theoldgods666
theoldgods666

@wexorian  Haha nice trolling fucktard. To bad I have already logged in over 40 hours in the expansion. Also nice to judge a game you haven't played. Hats off to you asshat. 

smokeless_0225
smokeless_0225

@wexorian  

If those were the only 2 things that came with the expansion, I probably wouldn't have wasted my money either. I'm pretty sure the new "Adventure Mode" is what bring so many people back. That and the new level cap.

wayotwolf
wayotwolf

@SnuffDaddyNZ @amanda_kramer That is not a good comparison given the rise in population. I'd look at the original D3 that was sold under the expectation that it was going to be as good as D2. D3 sold 6.3 million in its first week. Had it been successful at retention, the expansion should have sold just as much if not more. Instead, it could only sell a fraction of D3.

DKRises
DKRises

@Sohaim @spikepigeoNot really an end game so you can put in 200 hours and still not be done. I agree they redeemed themselves, however they killed the trading community, which kind of saddens me.

wayotwolf
wayotwolf

@smokeless_0225 @Ninbri64 They killed off Deckard Cain, one of the biggest icons in the Diablo series, with some completely lame purple butterfly lady. I'd say that is horribly wrong with the story. They could have given him a far far better send off.

smokeless_0225
smokeless_0225

@Kinguard73

I will most likely purchase this on the PS4 as well. However will only be a second time for me, lol. I do like the PC version, but I'd have the opportunity to play with more of my friends on PS4. Also I like the convenience of playing on my HDTV with a controller and sitting on my couch, lol.

smokeless_0225
smokeless_0225

@theoldgods666

...because he didn't buy it so anyone who did automatically made a bad decision. This is how the "fanboy / andi-fanboy" relationship works on these sites.

fizzledwar
fizzledwar

@ArchoNils2 "Name one game besides WoW with more than one expansion?" well the one you posted had SC1 then SC insurrection then Brood wars... and @shinjuki SC1 was on N64

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

@Sohaim  Yeah, like the others said, if you're in it for the story  and a one-run "campaign" sort of deal, then, well, those things are cool but they aren't the point of the xpac.


The point is that the game has massive amounts of replayability as it always has, but is much more fun now.


Crusader class adds a whole new playthrough for those that like to play all classes, the new Act is a whole new place for you to grind gear and adventure mode is absolutely limitless.


The real quality came with the free Loot 2.0 update, though. Feels like a different game.

Doomerang
Doomerang

@Sohaim  Well that's the thing. While story mode adds another 3 or 4 hours with the act and new side quests, the main appeal of the expansion is adventure mode. This mode randomizes EVERYTHING about the game, so there's no specifically set side quests and such. 

kellyn_levy
kellyn_levy

@Sohaim  Ok well you get the new adventure mode (for farming) so no on that part, The new Crusader character (wouldnt say thats a plus for paying for a new game) It takes roughly 2-3 hours completing act V with sidequests, so overall I would say This purchase isn't for you (value wise). Its an awesome game but if you're not in it for the long haul and just having a casual blast through. $40 bucks better spent on something else I would suggest. Happy gaming though. 

Sohaim
Sohaim

@DKRises @Sohaim @spikepigeo  i am sorry, let me remake my questions, how many hours of game in the new expansion to complete it, aka just one run through one mode, with all side quests and the new act, so how many hours to finish it?i alredy have D3 and only played it all the acts and side quets and was done with it, i want to know how long the new act is to justify paying 40 bucks, i will not be replaying the game on all its modes nor be farming for gear, i will just hop in have some fun and hop out.